Past Activities

Project S.O.S. Seeds of Service, Inc. (“SOS”) was established as an outgrowth of The Ministry, Visitation Relief Center of Visitation Roman Catholic Church. The grassroots efforts of The Ministry, Visitation Relief Center began shortly after Hurricane Sandy in November of 2012. The Ministry’s mission was to focus on improving the process of receiving assistance and increasing access to resources in times of adversity or need.

They established partnerships with local schools, various businesses, nonprofits, and faith-based organizations and advocacy programs, which have dedicated themselves to helping us help others. The Visitation Relief Center was a centralized location, where members of the community found support or sought opportunities to serve.

In 2018, it was decided the Visitation Relief Center ministry had fulfilled its mission. However throughout the process of serving the community, non-disaster-related unmet needs were uncovered. To address these unmet needs, a separate organization with a new mission was formed: Project S.O.S. Seeds Of Service, Inc.

Present Activities

Project S.O.S. Seeds Of Service, Inc. is currently providing 28 services to the sick, the poor and the needy in Ocean County. All services are provided free to all registered families at SOS. We are open from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, in order to accommodate the schedules of working-class families. These services are split between three departments: (a) Outreach; (b) Sustainability; and (c) Development.

SOS has worked to create a self-sustaining funding model so that 100% of our time is focused on our mission. SOS applies for grants to help supplement any additional funding needed.


Board Members
Robert Casale President
Richard Haas Vice President
Stacy Ferris Treasurer
Barbara Wright Secretary
Kevin Ashe Board Member
Kevin Murphy Board Member
Pat Stephens Board Member
Paul Barlo Board Member
Joseph Bizonos Board Member
Joan Olden Board Member
Donald Burke Board Member
Patricia Burke Board Member
James Carlock Board Member
Our Team
Christie Winters Executive Director
Michael Lynch Business Administrator
Ruth Murphy Manager Outreach
Moira Edg Manager Development
Kristina West Manager Development
Matthew Crane Manager Sustainability
Lidia Kelly Manager Sustainability